Benton, Illinois

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Population in 2019: 6,851 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.4%
 
Males: 3,354  (49.0%)
Females: 3,497  (51.0%)
Median resident age:

40.5 years
Illinois median age:

38.6 years

Zip codes: 62812, 62897.

Benton Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2019: $43,211 (it was $27,177 in 2000)
Benton:

$43,211
IL:

$69,187

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,165 (it was $15,787 in 2000)

Benton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $77,727 (it was $46,600 in 2000)
Benton:

$77,727
IL:

$209,100

Median gross rent in 2019: $673.

March 2019 cost of living index in Benton: 75.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 17.0%
(15.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.7% for Black residents, 48.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 100.0% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Benton, IL (2019)
    • 6,41392.7%White alone
    • 2022.9%Hispanic
    • 961.4%Asian alone
    • 681.0%Black alone
    • 600.9%Two or more races
    • 220.3%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Benton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists, there were 40 registered sex offenders living in Benton, Illinois as of October 24, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Benton is 178 to 1.


Crime rates in Benton by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2015

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(72.2)
6
(86.3)
8
(115.4)
2
(28.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.1)
1
(14.1)
0
(0.0)
4
(57.2)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
4
(57.7)
3
(43.2)
4
(57.7)
4
(57.5)
45
(658.3)
8
(112.5)
2
(28.2)
3
(42.5)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
48
(692.6)
41
(589.8)
52
(749.9)
116
(1,667)
1
(14.6)
0
(0.0)
5
(70.4)
13
(184.1)
20
(285.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
86
(1,241)
72
(1,036)
72
(1,038)
69
(991.8)
77
(1,126)
55
(773.8)
64
(901.2)
53
(750.4)
24
(343.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
240
(3,463)
275
(3,956)
211
(3,043)
206
(2,961)
244
(3,569)
178
(2,504)
190
(2,675)
126
(1,784)
39
(557.4)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
13
(187.6)
8
(115.1)
9
(129.8)
8
(115.0)
6
(87.8)
9
(126.6)
6
(84.5)
1
(14.2)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(14.4)
2
(28.8)
1
(14.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index454.0439.9464.4570.8429.1209.5210.6174.6149.2

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Benton, IL

Crime rate in Benton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 11 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.41
Illinois average:

2.67
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Ancestries: American (19.8%), English (15.8%), German (13.6%), Irish (9.8%), Italian (4.4%), Polish (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/14/1875

Elevation: 470 feet

Land area: 5.35 square miles.

Population density: 1,281 people per square mile   (low).

Benton, Illinois map

96 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.4%
Illinois:

14.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,391 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,225 (1.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Evansville, IN (74.5 miles , pop. 121,582).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (83.9 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (273.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

West City, IL (1.2 miles ),
Hanaford, IL (2.3 miles),
Buckner, IL (2.4 miles ),
Orient, IL (2.6 miles ),
Ewing, IL (2.6 miles ),
Valier, IL (2.6 miles ),
West Frankfort, IL (2.7 miles ),
Christopher, IL (2.8 miles )

Latitude: 38.00 N, Longitude: 88.92 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +398 (+5.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 960 (35.2%)

Area code: 618

Distribution of median household income in Benton, IL in 2019
Distribution of house value in Benton, IL in 2019
Benton satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 12 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $64,400
  • 1999: 11 buildings, average cost: $64,400
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2001: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2003: 10 buildings, average cost: $38,100
  • 2004: 6 buildings, average cost: $79,800
  • 2005: 6 buildings, average cost: $73,400
  • 2006: 9 buildings, average cost: $66,400
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2008: 9 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2010: 6 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2014: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2015: 6 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2016: 9 buildings, average cost: $104,400
  • 2017: 10 buildings, average cost: $104,400
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2019: 3 buildings, average cost: $115,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Benton, IL residents
Average permit cost in Benton, IL
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.9%
Illinois:

6.5%
Historical population in Benton, IL
Historical housing units in Benton, IL
Most common industries in Benton, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (10.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Educational services (9.5%)
  • Public administration (5.6%)
  • Construction (4.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (7.5%)
  • Public administration (7.4%)
  • Transportation equipment (7.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.3%)
  • Truck transportation (4.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (4.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (16.7%)
  • Educational services (16.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.5%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (5.5%)
  • Public administration (3.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.2%)
Most common occupations in Benton, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.1%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Registered nurses (4.3%)

Average climate in Benton, Illinois

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Benton, Illinois environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.4. This is about average.

City:

70.4
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.91. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.91
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Benton-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 78% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/18/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 14.4 miles away from the Benton city center killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 12/18/1957, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 10.3 miles away from the city center killed 11 people and injured 200 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 284% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 64.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 63.9 miles away from Benton center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 79.5 miles away from Benton center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 61.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 67.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 66.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Franklin County (9) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Benton:

  • FRANKLIN HOSPITAL (Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, 201 BAILEY LANE)
  • BENTON REHAB AND HCC (1409 NORTH MAIN STREET, PO BOX 847)
  • HELIA HEALTHCARE OF BENTON (1310 MARK FRANKLIN LOUIS STREET)
  • OLD - FRANKLIN HOSPITAL (SNF) (201 BAILEY LANE)
  • STONEBRIDGE SENIOR LIVING CENTER (902 SOUTH MCLEANSBORO)
  • DAVITA - BENTON DIALYSIS (1151 ROUTE 14 WEST)

Airports and heliports located in Benton:

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Amtrak station near Benton:

  • 18 miles: DU QUOIN (20 N. CHESTNUT ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • Rend Lake College (about 9 miles; Ina, IL; Full-time enrollment: 2,778)
  • John A Logan College (about 21 miles; Carterville, IL; FT enrollment: 3,995)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (about 26 miles; Carbondale, IL; FT enrollment: 14,539)
  • Kaskaskia College (about 42 miles; Centralia, IL; FT enrollment: 3,867)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (about 59 miles; Cape Girardeau, MO; FT enrollment: 9,678)
  • McKendree University (about 65 miles; Lebanon, IL; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (about 66 miles; Belleville, IL; FT enrollment: 9,085)

Public high schools in Benton:

  • BENTON CONS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 556, Location: 511 E MAIN ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • ECHO JUVENILE DETENTION CTR PROGRAM (Location: 409 E WASHINGTON ST, Grades: 4-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Benton:

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Library in Benton:

  • BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT (Operating income: $324,731; Location: 502 SOUTH MAIN STREET; 36,885 books; 1,569 e-books; 892 audio materials; 872 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 16 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 65 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Benton: Lake Benton Camp (A), Airport Industrial Park (B), United Jewish Community Center (C), Benton Public Library (D), Benton Civic Center (E), Franklin County Courthouse (F), Benton Ambulance Service (G), Mercy Regional Health System (H), Benton Fire Department (I), Benton Township Gymnasium (J), Franklin County Jail (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benton include: Church of Christ (A), Church of God (B), First Apostolic Church (C), North Benton Missionary Baptist Church (D), First Church of Christ Scientist (E), First Free Will Baptist Church (F), Immanuel Baptist Church (G), Westminister Presbyterian Church (H), Benton Christian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Benton (A), Lake Hamilton (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Benton: Benton City Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Franklin County Tourism Bureau (Museums; 209 West Main Street).

Hotels: Days Inn of Benton (711 West Main Street), Days Inn Benton IL (711 West Main Street), Benton Motel (407 North Main Street).

Courts: Second Circuit Court SVCS (411 East Main Street), United States Government - U S Bankruptcy Court (301 West Main Street), Courts-Federal - Bankruptcy Court- Clerk's Office Information (301 West Main Street), United States Government - U S District Offices- Court Reporter (301 West Main Street), Courts-Federal - District Court- Clerk's Office Information (301 West Main Street).

Birthplace of: Billy Grammer - Musician, Lin Bolen - Television producer, Noble Threewitt - Horse trainer, William L. Hungate - Politician, Tommy Johnagin - Stand-up comedian.

Franklin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton that have no violations reported:

  • BENTON (Population served: 8,538, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • TWICE THE ICE BENTON EAST (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • TWICE THE ICE BENTON NORTH (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

58.3%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.9%
Whole state:

6.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Benton in 2010:

  • 278 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 52 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 23 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
235 people in nursing homes in 2000
56 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with branches in Benton (2011 data):

  • Bank of America, National Association: Benton Branch at 400 Public Square, branch established on 1937/08/02. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Benton Branch at 701 Public Square, branch established on 1976/02/16. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • MidCountry Bank: Benton Branch at 605 W Main St, branch established on 1968/11/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $674.7 mil, Deposits: $534.7 mil, headquarters in Marion, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 23 total offices
  • State Bank of Whittington: State Bank Of Whittington at 200 North Main Street, branch established on 1919/08/05. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $109.4 mil, Deposits: $99.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Whittington Bancorp, Inc.
  • Peoples National Bank , N.A.: Benton Branch at 208 Public Square, branch established on 2007/09/24. Info updated 2006/12/14: Bank assets: $883.7 mil, Deposits: $803.4 mil, headquarters in Mount Vernon, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 19 total offices, Holding Company: Market Street Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Benton:

Marital status in Benton, IL
  • Never married: 27.9%
  • Now married: 43.8%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 11.9%
  • Divorced: 15.3%

For population 25 years and over in Benton:

  • High school or higher: 84.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Illinois average:

12.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Benton
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Benton, IL (based on Franklin County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant16,44490
Catholic3,0535
Mainline Protestant2,35924
Black Protestant1511
Other832
Orthodox701
None17,401-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Franklin County:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Franklin County:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Here:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Franklin County:

5.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 26
Franklin County:

6.60 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.5%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.2%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Franklin County:

14.4%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Benton:

50.4%
Illinois:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Benton:

46.7%
Illinois:

47.2%

Average BMI:
Benton:

28.7
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.0%
Illinois:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Benton:

11.3%
Illinois:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Illinois:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.3%
Illinois:

33.4%

General health condition:
Benton:

55.5%
Illinois:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Benton:

76.1%
State:

79.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Benton, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 10$49,283$59,1401$926
Other Government Administration 8$23,494$35,2410$0
Water Supply 8$36,921$55,3820$0
Firefighters 7$34,760$59,5890$0
Streets and Highways 6$25,336$50,6720$0
Sewerage 3$17,391$69,5640$0
Financial Administration 2$4,608$27,6481$1,050
Other and Unallocable 1$5,704$68,4480$0
Airports 0$0 1$747
Totals for Government 45$197,497$52,6663$2,723

Benton government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $2,635,000 ($384.62)
    Regular Highways: $62,000 ($9.05)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $1,506,000 ($219.82)
    Police Protection: $1,066,000 ($155.60)
    General - Other: $924,000 ($134.87)
    Regular Highways: $628,000 ($91.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $600,000 ($87.58)
    Sewerage: $537,000 ($78.38)
    Solid Waste Management: $318,000 ($46.42)
    Financial Administration: $309,000 ($45.10)
    Housing and Community Development: $144,000 ($21.02)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $128,000 ($18.68)
    General Public Buildings: $82,000 ($11.97)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $78,000 ($11.39)
    Parks and Recreation: $33,000 ($4.82)
    Air Transportation: $29,000 ($4.23)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($1.31)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $478,000 ($69.77)
    Police Protection: $406,000 ($59.26)
    Local Fire Protection: $197,000 ($28.75)
    Regular Highways: $178,000 ($25.98)
    Water Utilities: $78,000 ($11.39)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,385,000 ($348.12)

Benton government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,314,000 ($191.80)
    Solid Waste Management: $389,000 ($56.78)
    Other: $33,000 ($4.82)
    Parks and Recreation: $19,000 ($2.77)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $144,000 ($21.02)
    Other: $3,000 ($0.44)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $168,000 ($24.52)
    Fines and Forfeits: $45,000 ($6.57)
    Interest Earnings: $22,000 ($3.21)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,174,000 ($171.36)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,565,000 ($228.43)
    Highways: $180,000 ($26.27)
    Other: $177,000 ($25.84)
  • Tax - Property: $829,000 ($121.00)
    Other Selective Sales: $608,000 ($88.75)
    Public Utilities Sales: $526,000 ($76.78)
    Other License: $51,000 ($7.44)

Benton government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,738,000 ($253.69)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,668,000 ($243.47)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $135,000 ($19.71)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $65,000 ($9.49)

Benton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,624,000 ($1112.83)

4.49% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($35,414 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.49%
Illinois average:

4.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Williamson County, IL  1.34% ($34,809 average AGI)
from Jefferson County, IL  0.32% ($33,244)
from Jackson County, IL  0.24% ($29,588)


5.21% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,037 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.21%
Illinois average:

5.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Williamson County, IL  1.64% ($37,017 average AGI)
to Jefferson County, IL  0.37% ($39,038)
to Perry County, IL  0.26% ($29,784)
Businesses in Benton, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1H&R Block1
Applebee's1Hardee's1
Arby's1KFC1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
CVS1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1T-Mobile1
Circle K1Taco Bell1
Curves1True Value1
Dairy Queen1U-Haul2
Days Inn2UPS2
Domino's Pizza1Walmart1
FedEx1

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton:

  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGGH (1150 AM; 5 kW; MARION, IL)
  • WFRX (1300 AM; 1 kW; WEST FRANKFORT, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMIX (940 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: WITHERS BROADCASTING CO OF ILLINOIS)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WILY (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CENTRALIA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WMCL (1060 AM; 3 kW; MCLEANSBORO, IL; Owner: DANA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • WJPF (1340 AM; 1 kW; HERRIN, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KZIM (960 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton:

  • WXLT (103.5 FM; CHRISTOPHER, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WQRL (106.3 FM; BENTON, IL; Owner: DANA COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WCIL-FM (101.5 FM; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: LYLE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WISH-FM (98.9 FM; GALATIA, IL; Owner: GALATIA FM JOINT VENTURE)
  • WDDD-FM (107.3 FM; MARION, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVZA (92.7 FM; HERRIN, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQUL (97.7 FM; WEST FRANKFORT, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WAWJ (90.1 FM; MARION, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WOOZ-FM (99.9 FM; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: ZIMMER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDQN-FM (95.9 FM; DUQUOIN, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBMV (89.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: ILLINOIS BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC)
  • WIBV (102.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: BENJAMIN STRATEMEYER)
  • WUEZ (95.1 FM; CARTERVILLE, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WVSI (88.9 FM; MT. VERNON, IL; Owner: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WBVN (104.5 FM; CARRIER MILLS, IL; Owner: KENNETH W. AND JANE A. ANDERSON)

TV broadcast stations around Benton:

  • W15BU (Channel 17; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WSIU-TV (Channel 8; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WSIL-TV (Channel 3; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: WSIL-TV, INC.)
  • WDKA (Channel 49; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WDKA ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • KFVS-TV (Channel 12; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KBSI (Channel 23; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: KBSI LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WPSD-TV (Channel 6; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WPSD-TV, LLC)
Benton fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Benton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 55Number of bridges
  • 568ft / 173mTotal length
  • $1,059,000Total costs
  • 461,530Total average daily traffic
  • 151,394Total average daily truck traffic
  • 216,182Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Benton, IL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31900-1909
  • 21920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 241960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 91990-1999
  • 72000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Benton, IL
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 113 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Benton)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Benton, IL)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 92 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benton)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Benton)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 76. The highest number of reported fires - 128 took place in 2017, and the least - 23 in 2006. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Benton, IL When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (47.9%), and Outside Fires (35.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Benton, IL
    • 61647.9%Structure Fires
    • 46135.8%Outside Fires
    • 14111.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 695.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benton, IL

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton, Illinois:

  • Super 8 Benton/West City, 711 W Main St (#B), Benton, Illinois 62812 , Phone: (618) 438-8205, Fax: (618) 435-4184
  • Days Inn Benton/West City, 711 W Main St (#a), Benton, Illinois 62812 , Phone: (618) 439-3183, Fax: (618) 435-4183
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton, Illinois
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Benton, IL
  • 58.7%Utility gas
  • 39.8%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Benton, IL
  • 59.3%Electricity
  • 36.1%Utility gas
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Other fuel
  • 0.6%No fuel used


Benton compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Benton on our top lists:

  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of divorced people (15+ years)(population 5,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest cost per building permit(population 5,000+)"
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